May 30, 2013

Chrysler Building, New York

Photograph by Todd Heisler, The New York Times/Redux

The illuminated crown of the Chrysler Building stands out above Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan. Art deco's fusion of the utilitarian with the artistic reached its peak in the 1,050-foot-high Chrysler Building, completed in 1930. Many of its architectural details were inspired by car motifs, including gargoyles modeled after the radiator caps of a 1929 Chrysler. The building's lobby was once a car showroom.

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